I found $17.82 in my wallet so together with the $60, I bought a one way ticket for $76. That’s how I ended up in Wenatchee, Washington.
It was 2:00 AM when I staggered off the bus. I was exhausted and needed a place to sleep and plan. I had tried to come up with a plan on the bus but I was too angry to get past all the ways my family had been making me crazy. Now I had a problem. To get a hotel room, I needed to use my credit card. To have amnesia, I couldn’t use my credit card, because presumably, I wouldn’t know who the person listed on the card was.
Clearly I hadn’t thought this through.
I decided I needed some sleep. Tonight I would still be me. I would use my credit card. If my family cared enough to try to track me down, I may be traceable. Oh well, it couldn’t be helped. Tomorrow I would have amnesia.
The next morning I started feeling guilty and worrying about my family. They must be beside themselves, wondering where I was. Then I remembered everything, all the hassles they caused me. It was easier to forget them all. I couldn’t go back. In the hotel room, there was a small card advertising The Wild Huckleberry. It was, according to their ads, the place to go for brunch. It sounded perfect. I would see if they were hiring. I needed a new name. My best friend in high school had been named Kathy. I would become Kathleen. Kathleen…Jones. That was me. I was from…Ohio. As far as anyone knew (including me) that was the truth.
I had “forgotten” everything else.
What is Sue going to do in her "new life"? Check back tomorrow to find out!